Thursday, December 13, 2007

Eight things meme

Here is my response to the eight things meme currently doing the rounds (via Redcap)

Eight things I am passionate about:

my son
the rest of my family - my husband, my parents, my siblings
books and writing
water - the sea, anywhere else you can swim
independence - I HATE being told what to do and when to do it
travel - a new passion, but one I think about a lot
justice - from my son's classroom to the wider world
original thought and expression

Eight things I want to do before I die:

travel more
write a book and have it published
live by the sea
stay in the same job for more than a year
spend lots more time with my family
read loads more books
be published in The Age, preferably in the books section
live in New York awhile

Eight things I say often:

F**k (maybe I shouldn't, but I do)
Puppy (a pet name for F that I am supposed to not use, but I do, I don't even know why)
This is the last straw
This might be stupid, but ...
Hell yeah
Say 'please'
I'm not everyone else's mother, I'm your mother
If you do that/say that one more time ...

Eight books I've read recently:

Darkmans, Nicola Barker
Through the Children's Gate, Adam Gopnik
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moshin Hamid
Addition, Toni Jordan
What Was Lost, Catherine O'Flynn
Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Asperger's Syndrome and Your Child
The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

Eight songs I could listen to over and over:

Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve
High and Dry, Radiohead (or anything on The Bends, really)
Been Caught Stealing, Jane's Addiction
Common People, Pulp
Today, Smashing Pumpkins
Living in the City, Stevie Wonder
How Soon is Now, The Smiths
She Sells Sanctuary, The Cult

(not terribly eclectic, me - and yes, stuck in the past)

Eight things that attract me to my friends:

No-bullshit honesty
A sense of humour
Similar interests, particularly an affinity for books
A talent for original thought
The ability to stand up for what they believe in
Being themselves
Having all their own, natural body parts (unless they need an artificial limb or something I suppose)

I'm not a big tagger, so anyone who feels like doing it (and hasn't been tagged), let me know in the comments!


eleanor bloom said...

*hee* 'natural body parts'. I like it.

When you say live by the sea do you mean walking distance, or waves lapping practically to your doorstep (although, with all the global warming...)?

I've already been tagged with this meme but have yet to reveal to myself the most common things I say. Am going to have to pay more attention to me me me me...!

Ariel said...

Oh, I mean walking distance. I'm a dreamer, but within (some) limits ...

I really don't know what I say most either ... but I guess these things are close enough. My husband tells me I say 'I'll tell you what ...'

redcap said...

Ooh, nice eight thingses! It is a bit hard when you have to think about what you usually say, isn't it? Bloke is continually saying, "Oh, the humanity", which I find irrationally annoying.

Ariel said...

Hee hee. The Husband says 'apricots' and 'chocolate mousse' and makes poo jokes with F all the time. I could come up with 8 things for HIM easily, I reckon.